TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) - Heavy rain has hammered southern, eastern and central parts of the country since last week, cutting off highways, destroying bridges and submerging vast swathes of land.
Nway Nway Soe, assistant director at the department for disaster management, said 11 people had been killed, including three soldiers assisting relief efforts who were reported missing over the weekend.
“Eleven deaths so far,” she said. “More than… 119,000 are currently displaced. The disaster management department is providing the flood victims with rice and other dry rations such as noodles and canned fish.”
Three people drowned on Monday in the southern Mon state, Social Welfare Minister Win Myat Aye told Reuters. “They were washed away in the water,” he said.
The government has urged people to leave low-lying areas and move into relief shelters.
“We are trying to raise awareness among people who think that the flood might drop within three or four days to be more cautious,” Win Myat Aye said.
Torrential downpours washed away a section of a 60 meter (200 feet) concrete bridge in northern Shan state, while rice paddies and roads in the central Kayin state suffered extensive damage, state media reported.
Aerial images shared on social media showed a muddy brown deluge covering vast tracts of land and residents, including monks carrying their alms-bowls, wading through chest-deep water.